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How to set up your Facebook email account using @facebook.com address

Facebook email account using @facebook.com address is just amazing, and if you are among the members of early access group then it’s more awesome. Facebook is now providing its new revamped messages section including new chat system, email and new message view to its users on invite basis.

Currently to set up a @facebook.com email address you need an invite from one of your friend who already have access to this service. I got an invite through my friend and now using it, today when I logged in my Facebook account, a pop up appeared suggesting me to upgrade my message view.

facebookemail account

After upgrading to new messages, three new options were available at the top stating, Claim your Facebook email, Text messaging is on and Chat is online. The best part is that now you can send files and photos while chatting with friends just like you do while using any desktop client chat messenger like Gtalk, Windows Live Messenger etc.

facebookemail account

To set up a free @facebook.com address, go to your Messages view and click the “Claim your Facebook email” link available on top. Your email address will be your public username, for example:

  • Profile: facebook.com/username
  • Email: username@facebook.com

facebookemail account

facebookemail account

Note: If you don’t have an username yet, you can choose one when you create your email address.

Once you set up your email address, people can email you using any traditional email system (e.g., Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail), and the emails will be delivered to your Facebook Messages. When you send messages to external email addresses, the emails will be formatted to look like Facebook messages, including your name, your profile picture and your message.

Here are the screenshots of email communication I performed for testing the service.

First I sent an email at my @facebook.com email id from my Hotmail account and I received it perfectly in my messages view and then I replied to it and received the reply in my Hotmail account inbox perfectly.

facebookemail account

facebookemail account

I think Facebook email service will going to give a great competition to other emailing services. With the facility of creating Archives, attachments, easy to reply and management system will make it very useful. I am going to update my email id in my resume soon. So, what’s your @facebook.com?

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. maroou

    February 4, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Can you please send me an invite ?! Maroou Bel is my fb ID. Tks

    • Nitin

      February 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      Sorry buddy.. I have already used all the invites.

  2. Rohit Sane

    February 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    I am caught up in a weird problem.. I had got the messages activated and I had got my @facebook.com email ID too.. But now it automatically seem to have deactivated.(I have never used it) Do u know any solution to activate it again?

    • Nitin

      February 4, 2011 at 7:25 PM

      @Rohit, Go to your profile settings and check there, an option is may be there to activate and deactivate this service. Or if it is deactivated somehow then you may need a new invite to start it again.

  3. Paul

    February 7, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    if there is any more invites for the mail service floating around i’ll take one.

    pgraham18 is my username.

    Thanks.

  4. beth

    April 24, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    how do i delete tht thing cuz i dnt want it any more and there is no such thing as a profile setting.

    • beth

      April 24, 2011 at 7:53 AM

      plz get back to me soon i hate this thing on my facebook

    • Nitin

      April 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      Hi beth,

      currently there is no option available to delete your @facebook.com email id,, as it is same as your profile address.

      This is service is currently not inplemented publicly so right now no option of deactivating is available.

  5. Drew Everett

    September 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    this literally has nothing to do with the google result. i searched “how to set up facebook email on iphone” and i get this retarded thread, compiled of all the worlds basic common sense. awesome. what i need help with is actually going in to settings on my iphone, setting up a new mail account, and that account being my @facebook.com email address. anyone know how to do that?? if so please message me at ame1984@facebook.com

    • Nitin Agarwal

      September 7, 2011 at 4:40 AM

      This is the problem of Google, As we don’t do any SEO activities to promote our content.

      You need to have tech knowledge, keeping gadgets or using web do not makes you good enough to understand what Tech is… Facebook mail and messages both are same thing… Till now Facebook hasn’t updated its iPhone app specifically for email service. If you want to use Facebook mail then… just start a new message and in TO field, give the email of person whom you want to email from your Facebook ID.

      Start thinking using simple logic.

      Thanks

  6. Tanmay Patange

    September 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Facebook user names & Email-ID’s are really cool. It lets me to receive emails in my Facebook message inbox. Nice tutorial! Keep it up:-)  

  7. Brave

    November 29, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    i dont see it over taking gmail. Facebook won’t release their incoming and out going mail servers. So it makes it impossible to set up your facebook email address on Outlook or mail for the iphone. Its like the only way you can access the email is actually through their website. They need to make the email service available for use in email clients like outlook or thunderbird etc.

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